"Hillwood House Museum, Odds & Ends" Hillwood House Museum Tip by von.otter

Hillwood House Museum, Washington D.C.: 7 reviews and 30 photos

  Hillwood House Museum, Visitor Center, 05/09
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“Since I have no son to give to the war, I will offer the Sea Cloud.”
— Marjorie Merriweather Post’s reasoning for leasing her yacht to the US Navy for $1 a year in 1942

SONS AND DAUGHTERS Mrs. Post did not have a son, but she did have three daughters. A portrait of herself with Adelaide and Eleanor (see photo #1), from her first marriage to Edward Close, hangs in the stairway of Hillwood’s visitors center.

Also, hanging there is a portrait of Mrs. Post in the ensemble she wore for her presentation at the Court of St. James in 1931 (see photo #1). The cereal heiress had a strong interest in European royalty, especially the British royal family, and was thrilled when she was presented at Court.

Mrs. Post’s third daughter, by her second husband, E.F. Hutton, is Nedenia Marjorie, better known as Dina Merrill, the actress.

The Sea Cloud saw service in the North Atlantic as a U-boat spotter and weather ship. For the Midwest born and bred Mrs. Post, her patriotism came naturally; thankfully, Midwestern taste did not.

Address: 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Phone: 877-HILLWOOD
Website: http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

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